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19 Junio 2017, 07:49 | Crisanna Felipe
Both Comey and Mueller know each other for 15 years and the former FBI director gave the memos to the latter because he knew Mueller would launch a probe into whether Trump obstructed justice by urging Comey to end investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's connections to Russian Federation.
While aides have advised Trump to stay off Twitter, the president continued to weigh in Sunday as he spent the weekend at Camp David, the government-owned presidential retreat in Maryland.
Also unclear was whether the president's comment confirming he was under investigation was based on direct knowledge or media reports that Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey last month.
"This is not a hypothetical exercise", said Cramer, who's managing director of consulting firm Berkeley Research Group LLC.
Not for the first time, Trump gives a false impression of what's really going on.
INSKEEP: OK, so let's just remember The Washington Post reported that the president is under investigation by the special counsel for the possibility of obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation investigation. "Witch Hunt", the President tweeted.
In the Senate, Sen.
The Democratic National Committee called on Rosenstein to recuse himself from the Russian Federation matter, but it said authority over the investigation should be given to Mueller and not another Trump appointee.
Mueller serves at the will and pleasure of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed him to head the inquiry. "However nothing has changed".
The White House originally pointed to Rosenstein's memo, which was also signed off on by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, when explaining Trump's decision to let Comey go.
Yet Trump's angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid weighing in on an active probe.
Trump has repeatedly sworn that he is personally not under investigation and Comey assured him that he was not being probed.
Comey testified it would be up to Mueller to decide whether Trump's action amounted to obstruction of justice, an act that could be cited in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.
Rosenstein hasn't spoken with Mueller since, he told lawmakers last week.
Conway shared the positive view of the deputy attorney general, offering praise of Rosenstein to Anderson Cooper on the night of Comey's firing.
But it's not a sure thing that she'll actually take over for Rosenstein.
After Boente, the responsibility would fall to the US attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina and then the USA attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Attention is focused on the question of obstruction simply because so much of Trump's campaign to deep-six the investigation has been conducted openly, at full volume. Although that's not the rationale that Trump himself said actually explained the firing. Boente carried out the defense. He said he had only been discussing the constitutional problem posed if the president were being investigated.
HORSLEY: It's a - it was a very unusual statement from the deputy attorney general.
Finally, we know that Mueller's investigators are also looking for "any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates", as The Post phrased it.
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